This is a longbow that I got to build while attending a workshop - not something I have ever had the chance to do before. Here's why it was so special...when I started learning how to build bows The Traditional Bowyer's Bibles (Volume 1-4) really were my bibles. And one chapter in particular, the one called Yew Longbow, by John Strunk. Well, the workshop was being run in conjunction with the North American Longbow Safari - held this year in Comox Valley (my hometown) on Vancouver Island. And the workshop was being taught by John Strunk. So I got to meet one of my mentors, build a couple bows in a beautiful setting, and attend NALS.
I completed 2 bows over the 3 days I was there. My own personal bow, and this one.
This bow is named Chase - in reference partly to chasing the ring along the back of the bow. It pulls very smooth - 45lbs. @ 29". The full compass bend is even. The colour on the bow is stunning. I used a thick piece of leather to build up a bit on the back - makes for a much comfier grip. Full bison caps, bison arrow rest, black stone arrow pass.
This one is headed to Kentucky, USA. Years of fast, accurate shooting ahead for you Eric! Enjoy.
Here's a look at the two bows and some arrows that were built this week during the bow immersion class. (There's a bow and a bunch of arrows that were a bit camera shy!)
Nicely done Curtis & Stephen. It was great spending the week with you (and Angie too). Look forward to seeing what emerges out of the staves you brought home.
There is an old saying that "all that glitters is not gold" it must also be remembered that just sometimes that glittering is in fact Gold and at $650 I just struck the mother load.